Dr. John D. Chovan
Impact of Ischemic Stroke, Ischemic, Stroke, Time Lost is Brain Lost
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Stroke is the leading cause of functional impairment and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Annually 795,000 stokes occur with mean annual lifetime cost estimated at $140,000 per person. Approximately every 40 seconds a stroke occurs while every four minutes a stroke death occurs. Stroke is the broad term often used to describe a neurological emergency, of either ischemic or hemorrhagic etiology, affecting blood flow to the brain. Although approximately 90% of strokes are ischemic in nature, both are medical emergencies requiring time sensitive medical intervention. Decreasing modifiable risk factors, public education and recognition, along with rapid relief of an arterial occlusion to restoration of prevalent blood flow will decrease the morbidity and mortality associated with ischemic stroke. For every minute of treatment delay 1.9 million neurons, 14 billion synapses, and 12 km of myelinated fibers are destroyed.
Severns, Paula, "Time Lost is Brain Lost: Impact of Ischemic Stroke" (2016). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship. Paper 142.